How to rent a car in Paris

Paris and the rental cars have a lot in common: you fall in love from the outside ... but once inside you can be disappointed! Rain, crowds, extra costs ... Fall in love again with Paris by renting a car!

Paris is the king of love ... And a capital that is much less calm than it seems from the outside!

There is so much to see in its extensive metropolitan area, so many districts or arrondissements to visit to not miss any monument, small museum, grave of famous character or boulangerie, and, above all, such long avenues and subway stops that are so congested .... Of course, you will also want to visit Versailles or else you will have to go out and do business in the most remote companies!

To sum up, a car is a great solution if you want to get to know Paris calmly and, in addition, take advantage of the visit to the capital to move around other areas and nearby cities that will clear you from pollution and urban noise.

Whether you want to ride in a convertible during the month of August or if you prefer a Mini to approach the vineyards, we guide you to find the perfect car on your trip to Paris.

  1. Tell us where you want to rent a car in Paris to receive personalized information
  2. The first things you should know before renting a car in Paris
  3. Reviews of our clients who have rented in Paris
  4. Tips for renting a car in Paris

Tell us where you want to rent a car in Paris to receive personalized information

Depending on how you get to Paris (by plane or train), you will be interested in renting the car closest to your arrival location. We have developed these guides in which we give you all the information you need, from which rental companies operate in each place, to what you should take into account when renting. So tell us, you will arrive to...?

The first things you should know before renting a car in Paris

Because we know how important it is to find out all the details about the rental and because each country is different, we leave you below everything you need to know before starting your reservation in Paris.

What is the price of renting a car in Paris?

The average price of a car rental in Paris is €29 per day. You will see that they are more expensive than in Spain, since there is not so much competition from low cost agencies, but they are more affordable than in other European countries such as England.

The fares are usually practically the same between the offices of the same agency in airports and train stations, although you can find different supplements (for example, the one that is added in airports) and a little less variety in smaller stations.

In the following table we show you the cheapest average car rental prices in Paris for a day, a weekend and a week during the high season, in the main locations of the city:

Location 1 weekend 1 week 1 day
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport €46 (Keddy) €86 (Firefly)
Paris-Orly Airport €59 (Firefly) €107 (Budget) €31 (InterRent)
Paris-Gare du Nord Train Station €77 (Keddy) €120 (Budget) €40 (Budget)

What are the seasons with the most demand for car rental in Paris? How far in advance should I make my reservation?

Paris is the Disneyland of the world capitals: it basically does not experience low season throughout the year.

However, the climate is not always pleasant in Paris and surroundings, which is why there are even more peaks of visitors and demand for services when spring and summer approaches. Try to book your rental car a few weeks in advance if you travel between June and September or during the Easter holidays, as it is when more tourists make their reservations and small cars can easily run out and family size cars go up in price (Paris is very attractive for families, for its wide parks, cultural variety and the proximity of Disneyland).

In addition, when an event is held in Paris, the city can become immobilized and close many of its traffic zones, especially as a result of security measures taken in recent times. Check if your trip around the city coincides with a celebration that could affect the circulation of cars, or with holidays that can lead to further congestions:

  • May 1 (Worker's Day)
  • May 8 (Victory Day of World War II)
  • July 14 (Storming of the Bastille)
  • August 15 (Day of the Assumption)
  • November 11 (Armistice Day of 1918)

What type of car is more recommendable to rent in Paris?

Paris is not a capital of exception in terms of traffic and parking problems, so a small or compact car, either 3 or 5 doors, will be easier to drive around reducing your risk of suffering any incident while using it.

In Paris there is a good offer of economic vehicles, as well as sedans or more elegant models, designed for business travelers. The agencies usually have a less offer of family cars or of high-end, and jeeps are quite rare, not being a mountainous area. If you need a model of that category, book well in advance to make sure you get it.

What documentation do I need to rent a car in Paris?

You will need your identification document (DNI) and driving licence, or a receipt if it is expired or it will during your trip (although this condition does not apply to all agencies).

If you do not have Spanish or European nationality, you will need your identification document with international validity (Passport) and an International Driving Permit, also mandatory. If you are European but your license is issued in a non-Latin alphabet, such as Greek.

Do I have to pay extra fees for being a foreigner when renting a car in Paris?

Never: No French car rental agency should apply any extra fee to foreigners. Be careful if a local or smaller agency imposes a fee of this type on your rental policy.

Is it difficult to park in Paris?

A lot, as in all capitals with huge daily density of vehicles of residents, workers and tourists.

As of January 1st, 2018 the parking regulations in the city of Paris have changed. The blue zone has extended its parking limits from 2 to 6 hours. The first 2 hours there have a flat rate, but for the additional hours it gradually increases (up to 10 and 12 euros per hour). Do not get impatient if you have trouble finding a place, especially closer to the center. Try to find a place in more remote areas, where it is also cheaper.

  • Parking price: €4.80 / 2 hours on the outskirts (from district 12 to 20), €8 / 2 hours in the center (from district 1 to 11).
  • Maximum allowed parking time: 6 hours.

It is not mandatory to place a ticket on the car's windshield, since you enter your license plate number in the parking meter.

Of course, if you are impatient there is underground parking, but more expensive: about €25 per day, although some offer weekend or weekly bonuses that may be useful if you do not have your own parking space in your accommodation. For example, the Saemes chain offers rates in the center of Paris from €3.80 for 1 hour or €11.40 for 3 hours.

Now there are many mobile applications that allow you to track in real time parking spaces that are free in the streets: download one if you do not want to waste time and gasoline going around.

In Paris avoid parking in areas with red or yellow zigzag lines (loading and unloading), as the crane would remove your car.

Do I have to take into account some special traffic rules in Paris?

Following the example from other European capitals, Paris is taking measures to restrict traffic at certain times and reduce the pollution load of the city.

For this reason, they are beginning to close some roads to make them pedestrian, between the Seine and the Champs Elysees. Sometimes, traffic prohibition measures have been applied for vehicles with certain license plates termination. However, due to the controversy generated by these policies, in Paris the ZCR zone or restricted circulation only prohibits the passage to the most polluting and old cars, normally manufactured before the year 2000. All others must wear a label identifying their level of emissions. Do not worry: rental cars are always very new.

Failure to comply with traffic regulations when certain restrictions are imposed may result in a fine of between 68 and 375 euros.

Remember that the maximum speed in the interior of Paris is 50 km / h. On the boundaries you can reach 70 km / h, on the highway at 90 km / h and on the freeway at 130 km / h.

Are there tolls on the roads of Paris and the rest of France?

Freeways or autoroutes in France entail the payment of a toll, according to a system of barriers identical to the one applied in Spain, with payment in cash, card or electronic toll collection.

To avoid tolls, you can track alternative routes with a map application or by renting a GPS, although on direct journeys between Charles de Gaulle airport or Orly and Paris you will not find any toll.

If you are going to get further away with your rental car, then keep in mind that the following highways are for payment coming from Paris, with prices between 16.30 and 40.90:

  • A1 (towards Lille)
  • A2 (towards Valenciennes)
  • A4 (towards Reims, Metz and Strasbourg)
  • A5 / A31 / A6 (towards Lyon, Beaune and Macon)
  • A10 (towards Tours)
  • A11 (towards Angers)
  • A13 / A131 (towards Le Havre)
  • A14 (towards Rouen, Caen and Orgeval)
  • A16 / A26 (towards Calais)
  • A71 (towards Clermont-Ferrand)
  • A81 (towards Rennes)

Reviews of our clients who have rented in Paris

Knowing the opinion of customers who have already rented with us in Paris is very useful to have an idea of how the car rental companies in the capital of France work.

Here you can read all reviews, and these are the key points valued by our clients in their car rental in Paris:

  • Autoclick Paris: Wait queues in a somewhat long office. Pressures at the counter to add more coverages to the rent. Very cheap and efficient cars.
  • Avis Paris: Demanding charge of supplement for delay over the agreed time. Modern car models, low consumption and in good condition. Unlimited mileage option.
  • Europcar Paris: Disadvantages between extras reserved and offered at the counter. Some technical defects inside cars. Impatient staff
  • Keddy Paris: Distant office staff. Little handling of other languages. Very new cars, with modern features included. Fast deliveries and returns.
Aitor Vila Aitor Vila Rented with Europcar in August of 2017 One of the rear seat belts did not lock properly. The parking attendant was not very collaborative, but at the counter they changed my car immediately.
Lara Martín Lara Martín Rented with Autoclick in July of 2017 I thought I had reserved the full coverage, but at the counter, they said I did not have coverage for a hundred things. It scared me a little, but I could not afford to add them al...
Miguel Romero Miguel Romero Rented with Keddy on September of 2017 The car had the GPS integrated, although I had not asked for it and they did not charge it as an extra, and in general, it looked very new. They gave me the car in less than 15 min...
Antón Bravo Antón Bravo Rented with Avis in October of 2017 We got there after our arrival time because we lost our bags. By the time we got to the counter, they have already added the late-pickup penalty.

Tips for renting a car in Paris

On behalf of MyTripCar team, we give you some tips and tricks that will come in handy when you rent a car in Paris:

  • Book a few weeks in advance, especially if you travel in the summer season (June-September) and Easter.
  • Check in advance the offer of cars if you need a family vehicle or high-end, since the offer is lower and can go up in price.
  • Compare rental offers between airport offices and train stations, as they are sometimes cheaper in Orly.
  • Rent a car of mini style or economic to avoid parking problems, scratches or incidents if you are going to travel through the metropolitan area of ​​Paris.
  • Hire a premium coverage to avoid the deposit of the franchise and drive safer in Paris, where there is a lot of traffic and more risk of car robberies.
  • Watch the parking restrictions in the blue zone and never exceed the maximum of 4 hours, since the fine will be immediate.
  • Stay tuned for possible traffic restriction measures that are sometimes applied inside the capital.
  • Avoid parking in very remote neighborhoods, and never leave anything in sight. If your GPS is removable, hide it or take it with you.
  • Check the prices of the highways that connect Paris with other cities, since in France they are also quite expensive.
  • Always carry the documentation of the car and do not leave it in the glove compartment.